Corona virus is increasingly spreading to various countries in the world. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this virus as a pandemic. This made Apple decide to temporarily close all Apple Store stores outside of China.
The news was conveyed by Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, through his personal Twitter and Apple’s official blog. This means that all Apple Stores in the world, except in China, are not allowed to operate for the next two weeks. This closure will be carried out until at least March 27th.
On the other hand, some Apple outlets in China have begun to reopen, given the decline in the number of cases of corona in the Bamboo Curtain country. “The latest infection rates in other countries continue to grow, we take additional steps to protect our team and customers,” Cook explained.
Learning from previous cases in China, Cook said the most effective prevention to protect Apple employees and customers was to parse the density and widen the distance. That is, activities of buying and selling with physical contact as usual, are temporarily suspended.
However, Cook said customers can still buy Apple products through apple.com . Online service is also still running by visiting support.apple.com . Employees are also encouraged to work from home.
If forced to have an office, Cook appealed to comply with applicable guidelines, including maintaining distance between individuals. “In all offices, we will implement health screening and body temperature checks,” Cook explained.